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week 9 level 3 4

Socratic Dialogue

Week 9

Level 3-4

what is a socratic dialogue

Socratic Dialogue

  • Socratic Dialogue is named after the classical Greek philosopher Socrates
  • It is a form of seminar between individuals with different viewpoints based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas.
What is a Socratic dialogue?
what is a socratic dialogue1

Socratic Dialogue

  • In a Socratic dialogue, a group of people talk together to help everyone understand and learn more about a topic.
  • Every one is right even if he/she has a different opinion.
  • We build the knowledge of a topic from everyone’s ideas.
What is a Socratic dialogue?

What is a Socratic dialogue?

The fishbowl set-up has two circles.

1. The inner circle participants discuss the topic.

2. The outer circle observers record inner circle behaviour during the dialogue.

You observe the participants who have the same number as yours.

why do socratic dialogues

Socratic Dialogue

  • According to Socrates, we all know that we do not know everything about everything and Socratic dialogue is an easy way to share information and ideas with other people.
  • Socratic dialogues also give us practice at listening and using our English in a group which is very important to improving our skills.
  • The purpose of the dialogue is to expand our ideas and deepen our thinking.
Why do Socratic dialogues?

By the end of the lesson:

You will be able to ask and respond to questions about a topic for today’s Socratic Dialogue

You will be able to improve your speaking skills

You will learn some rules for speaking with others

You will be able to think critically in the Socratic Dialogue


Face all the group members.

  • One member will read the questions out loud to the group.
  • Discuss the given the questions and make sure that the whole group understands them.
  • Answer the questions individually and take notes
  • Ask the teacher if you need any help
  • Decide who will start the dialogue

How to prepare for Socratic Dialogue

Look at the questions on the topic that you selected from the cup and prepare your answers in 10 minutes


Set-up during the Socratic Dialogue






















Consider the following:

  • Take turns talking.
  • Do not to talk when others are talking.
  • Listen to what other people are saying. You will understand the conversation, and listening is polite.
  • Respect what your classmates say, even if you do not agree with them.

Make sure everyone is heard

  • Speak for all to hear
  • Listen closely
  • Invite and allow all to speak

Focus on speaking with others not on the Teacher

  • Talk to each other not to the teacher
  • Speak without raising hands
  • Speak without interrupting

Make your dialogue a success

  • Be prepared before speaking
  • Ask questionsif you are confused
  • Think about your classmate’s ideas

Sentence starters to help you during the dialogue:

To build on an idea

  • I can see what you are saying…
  • Would that also mean…..
  • That reminds me of…
  • Yes, that is true, but it is also true that
  • Another reason
  • example
  • idea
  • “As_(speaker)_ already mentioned,……..

To reject an idea respectfully

  • “I understand what you mean but…………..”
  • “That’s a good idea but……………”
  • You might be right. However,……
  • To start a new point/ invite people to talk
  • What do you think about…..?
  • Do you think that…….?

Observer’s notes

  • Does she/he ask good questions?
  • Does she/he talk over other students?
  • Does she/he listen well to other students questions?
  • Does she/he help other students explore their ideas?
  • Does she/he only speak once or twice?
  • Does she/he keep the conversation going?


After the dialogue:*

  • What is the best point made during the dialogue?
  • What ideas do you agree with?
  • What ideas do you disagree with?
  • What is your overall evaluation of the dialogue?